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Clear maintains highest standards in carbon offsetting

Clear maintains highest standards world-wide into 2013

Clear has maintained its premier status amongst carbon offset providers with QAS-Approval for its carbon audit tool and carbon neutrality system (CNS) offsets. Only three carbon offset providers currently meet this standard. Clear is committed to the highest standards for all aspects of offsetting, including calculation, project selection and information provision.

The Quality Assurance Standard is a comprehensive independent audit system for carbon offsets. Approved offsets are checked against a 40 point checklist to ensure they meet the very highest standards in the world. Companies put their trust in the QAS to ensure their environmental credibility is Beyond Doubt.

List of current QAS-approved offsets here...


Clear Best Carbon Offset Provider

Clear is Top UK Carbon Offset Provider for 2011!

Clear's excellent offsetting service came out on top amongst UK carbon offset companies in the Best Carbon Offset Provider Awards 2011! The Best of Green awards were launched three years ago as a way to recognize and honour the people, companies, groups and ideas that are helping push sustainability mainstream. Thanks to everyone who voted for us!

Results here...


England squad offsets with Clear!

England squad offsets with Clear for the 2010 Fifa World Cup!

The England 2010 World Cup squad has offset the carbon footprint associated with all its flights to the pre-tournament training camp in Austria and the games themselves in South Africa through a small sustainable hydro project in Brazil selected by Clear.

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QAS Certified Carbon Neutral Activity mark

QAS Certified Carbon Neutral Activity mark now available

Clear now provide a QAS Certified Carbon Neutral Activity mark for use on client websites and offline marketing materials. The use of the mark is restricted to organisations which have reduced their carbon footprint before offsetting the remainder with Clear, and webpages carrying the mark must carry details of the process.

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Clear joins Twitter

Clear starts tweeting!

Clear jumped onto the Twitter wagon today. Expect regular updates and commentary on all things to do with carbon offsetting and carbon footprints over the coming months. First up - Clear director Bruce Elliott interviewed by the BBC yesterday.

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Which?

Which? magazine quotes Clear

Which?, the UK's most popular consumer magazine, quoted Clear director Bruce Elliott in news coverage of the Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting today. This story was released in advance of an update to the Which? report on carbon offsetting which is due out in July this year.

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"Carbon Offsets are now quality assured"

... announced the government’s ACT ON CO2 website today! Though the UK Government’s quality assurance scheme for carbon offsetting was quietly opened earlier this month, today saw the official launch of the scheme by the Department of Energy and Climate Change with this press release. Here at Clear we are delighted to be the first and only offset provider to have all our offset products approved from the start...

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ACT ON CO2

Carbon offsets now approved by the UK Government

The first carbon offsets to be approved under the new Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting (QAS) were accredited by the UK Government today. All seven products are supplied by Clear, the carbon offset company: Flights, Buildings, Vehicles, Motorbikes, Commuting, Skydiving and a Carbon Audit Tool for Business...

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The Segway i2 proves its environmental credentials

After the previous revelation that the Cheeky Girls are going to save the earth due to Segway PT’s, their head of marketing for Europe called me up at the Clear office, and asked if I’d ever tried one. Rather sheepishly I had to say I hadn’t, so he put me in contact with arguably the keenest owner in the UK. Isidore Margaronis is a great chap who commutes from Notting Hill to Piccadilly every day on his Segway.

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Boris Johnson - Worzel Gummidge's mad cousin?

Boris Johnston’s Cycle Scheme – what’s the carbon impact?

So here in London, Boris Johnson has announced he’s going to create a cycle scheme along the lines of the Velib in Paris. He may look like Worzel Gummidge’s mad cousin, but he’s a very smart cookie. Good on him. Now, if this scheme were to take off, then potentially less buses or tube trains would be needed, and this could have a beneficial impact on the carbon footprint of London. So what might that be?...

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What’s the carbon footprint of a Formula One (F1) car?

Let’s compare an F1 car to a typical car in the UK which produces about 160 g/km, and over a year (10,000 miles) will produce about 2.56 tonnes of CO2. According to Wikipedia a typical F1 burns 75 litres of fuel per 100km raced. Based on figures for petrol (which is a reasonable proxy of race fuel), 0.75 litres of fuel burnt per km equates to a CO2 output of 1737 g/km...

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Ban Public Transport. Buy Segways. Save the Earth with the help of the Cheeky Girls.

This world-changing suggestion starts, as all good things should, with the Cheeky Girls. Or more accurately Lembit Opik, the Lim Dem MP who rose into the public consciousness after getting engaged to one of the Romanian lovelies in a publicity stunt. Recently Mr Opik rode a Segway up and down up and down outside the Houses of Parliament, challenging ministers to have him arrested. Why did he want to be...

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Ed Milliband takes over at the new Department of Energy and Climate Change

Deja vu?

Of course we've been here before. On the eve of the date mooted for the official launch of the UK Government's new Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting (QAS), uncertainty persists on whether it will actually go live tomorrow or not. Gordon Brown put the cat amongst the pigeons last Friday when he reshuffled the cabinet and created the new...

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What produces more CO2? UK speed bumps, or Fiji?

Speed-bump, road hump, speed ramp or sleeping policemen. Let’s face it by any name they are the bane of urban driving (unless of course you make your living selling replacement shock absorbers). They’re a hassle, damage cars and cause urbanites to drive otherwise unnecessary 4×4s...

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How much carbon does my business produce?

Its a question any responsible managing director should currently be asking, and Clear have created a spreadsheet to enable you to measure it. And best of all it’s free. No charges, no catches. Many companies offset carbon footprint measurement, but the quality of results can be extremely variable. As a carbon offsetter, Clear believes that the first step to reducing your carbon footprint is being able to measure it...

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Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting imminent

We said we'd keep you up-to-date with progress towards the long-awaited UK Government Quality Assurance Scheme for Carbon Offsetting. Well, it looks like we're finally getting there. Apparently details have now been finalised and forwarded to Hilary Benn for his approval. I presume the release date will now depend on media planning at 10 Downing Street...

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Think before you jump

New skydiving carbon offset product

Clear are launching a new carbon offset product for skydivers everywhere. The impetus for this has been Steve Baker, a customer who asked if we could figure out, then offer a product for skydivers who want to go carbon neutral. So how is this figured out? Well, Steve kindly asked various drop-zones for their fuel usage per drop...

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What's the difference between CO2 and mpg?

Most manufacturersare now obliged to report figures now for CO2 as well as MPG. Its pretty obvious thatthe more fuel you burn for any given distance, the higher the CO2 and the lower the mpg. What most people don’t realise is that there is an exact formula exactly linking the two figures. It’s far more accurate to...

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Top ten cars for the lowest emissions?

So someone asks you what the lowest CO2 of any car on sale on the UK is. Must be the Toyota Prius right? That’s been on sale since 2000 in saloon form and 2004 as a hatchback, long before anyone gave a monkey’s about CO2. Well the most interesting thing is that the Prius was top of the class for just 2 years, and it superseded a car which produced 20% less CO2 than any car on sale today....

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Nice car, shame about the emissions

What is the least efficient car on sale in the UK today?

Not a question most of us have asked directly, but when you hear about Toyota Prius this and Lexus hybrid that, do you ever wonder what is the highest producing car on sale in the UK today? Let me introduce you to the hall of fame, and you won’t be surprised to hear that it is exclusively populated by Italian supercars...

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Cleanest mode of transport?

So you want to reduce your carbon footprint right? But you still have to get from A to B and back again. So what’s the cleanest way to go in terms of CO2? The obvious one is to walk or cycle. Both are essentially carbon neutral, though if you were really being pedantic, you could say that the extra effort...

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Offsetting encourages low carbon lifestyle

This survey on the lifestyle choices of a US cohort of 2059 offsetters is one of the first pieces of research into whether carbon offsetting encourages more carbon emissions. Or not as it turns out.

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Opinion - The tool to leap-frog the present
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Opinion - Market entrepreneurship vs consumer confidence
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